ANCAP awards five stars to Volk­swa­gen Polo

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The lat­est round of ANCAP safety rat­ings have been re­leased with five stars awarded to Volk­swa­gen Polo and two Lexus mod­els, the CT200h and IS.

Each of th­ese mod­els achieved the top five-star rat­ing as a re­sult of their strong per­for­mance in the phys­i­cal crash tests and the in­clu­sion of key safety tech­nolo­gies.

Volk­swa­gen Polo has held a fives­tar ANCAP safety rat­ing since 2010 with Polo mod­els from Au­gust 2014 of­fer­ing ad­di­tional safety as­sist tech­nolo­gies such as emer­gency stop sig­nal and sec­ondary brake col­li­sion as­sist as stan­dard. Au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, adaptive cruise con­trol, fa­tigue de­tec­tion and re­vers­ing col­li­sion avoid­ance are how­ever un­avail­able on the base model Polo.

Sim­i­larly, the Lexus CT200h has held the max­i­mum five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing since its Aus­tralasian re­lease in 2011 and mod­els built from De­cem­ber 2013 have re­tained this rat­ing.

Safety fea­tures avail­able as stan­dard on CT200h mod­els built from De­cem­ber 2013 in­clude re­vers­ing col­li­sion avoid­ance, emer­gency stop sig­nal and a smart key which can be pro­grammed to re­strict cer­tain op­er­a­tion of the ve­hi­cle, such as max­i­mum speed. As with the Polo how­ever, ACC and AEB are not avail­able on the base vari­ant.

The Lexus IS range (mod­els built from April 2013) has also at­tained a five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing. The IS achieved top whiplash pro­tec­tion and pedes­trian pro­tec­tion scores. All IS vari­ants have an ac­tive bonnet which, when in­volved in a col­li­sion with a pedes­trian, rises to pro­vide ad­di­tional clear­ance between the sur­face of the bonnet and the en­gine to pro­tect the head of the struck pedes­trian. Only the more ex­pen­sive vari­ants of the IS have AEB, ACC, lane sup­port sys­tems and blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing.

“Each of th­ese mod­els of­fer a re­spectable range of safety as­sist tech­nolo­gies how­ever, as with a num­ber of other ve­hi­cles we’ve tested re­cently, we are con­tin­u­ing to see the ma­jor­ity of th­ese im­por­tant tech­nolo­gies ei­ther be­ing with­held from base vari­ants or not avail­able at all,” ANCAP chair­man Lauchlan McIn­tosh said.

“If we are to see a sig­nif­i­cant drop in the num­ber of lives lost on our roads, th­ese tech­nolo­gies need to be pro­vided to all. Safety should not be seen as luxury or added ex­tra,” Mr McIn­tosh said.

For more info on the all-new Volk­swa­gen Polo call into Dar­ryl Twitt Volk­swa­gen, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or call the show­room on 5822 5844.

Polo has held a five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing since 2010 with Polo mod­els from Au­gust 2014 of­fer­ing ad­di­tional safety as­sist tech­nolo­gies

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